A Guide To Pushchairs & Buggies
In our previous blog post we talked about choosing your ideal pram. We find that although parents take care in choosing their ideal pushchair they often buy a stroller or buggy later on for convenience and ease of use. In general the criteria for choosing a buggy won’t be as extensive as your first pram, but there are some import points to consider. Most buggies and strollers are suitable from 6 months, although there are some suitable from birth. From birth baby buggies will have a greater degree of recline and maybe a liner or head hugger.
The three main considerations in choosing your buggy would be the age of the child and whether you need one from birth or from 6 months. The second consideration might be size; now, buggies do tend to be smaller than prams in general, however they are longer than most prams so fitting an average Maclaren pushchair into a smaller boot might be a problem and worth either taking some measurements or at least trying it. The most common buggy is the umbrella fold which was made famous by Maclaren, and really these still are the ultimate lightweight buggy, which brings us onto the third consideration, weight. In general most buggies will be lighter than a pram, but it’s always worth trying it yourself. Does it actually feel light in your hand and is it easy to lift and carry. Some buggies have convenient should straps which are ideal for holidays.
Our Baby & Co sales advisors can discuss all these points with you in more detail. In this highly competitive sector there are many models and manufacturers to choose from and we at Baby & Co have been very particular in the products that we offer. We have to be confident that the consumer will receive the best solution in the market.
We do have some recommendation which we feel are great as a second pushchair for the mobile parent. We feel the best lightweight stroller must be the Maclaren Techno XT. This award-winning, high-tech, from-birth buggy has superior performance with 2-position head cushion, shoulder pads and reflective accents for safety at night. This stroller is compact, and has an easy single-handed fold with convenient carry handle. It's 4-position fully reclining seat offers comfort whether baby is sitting, sleeping or feeding. The Maclaren Techno XT features easily removable, washable seat, ergonomically shaped, 3-position height adjustable handles and 6.5" swivel wheels, with front and rear suspension. This buggy comes complete with large hood with UV protective sun visor and viewing window, rain cover, shopping basket. A footmuff can be added as an accessory.
A new product from Mountain Buggy is the Nano, we really love this buggy and I have one myself! The Nano is very compact as the name suggests and is approved as cabin luggage on many airlines, but still has a generous comfortable seat. There is a quick fold mechanism that allows the buggy to fold into three making it very small enough to fit into its own little carrybag. Making it ideal for holiday and day trips. The seat reclines well for little one to nap and it also includes car seat straps allowing you to attach a number of different car seat manufacturers.
Alone the same line is the new BabyZen YoYo this also has a really compact fold and is approved for most airlines as cabin luggage. The YoYo is super stylish and has been really popular for London parents who frequently use the tube. The new updated YoYo also has a newborn seat making it suitable from birth right through to toddler.
For parents wanting a little more functionality then you can’t go wrong with a Bugaboo Bee; this from birth buggy can face towards you or away and can also take a car seat. Its very compact and easy to use with an extendable back rest and leg rest. Once these are both fully extended the Bugaboo Bee has one of the largest seat units in the market.